If you ever find yourself needing a quick fix for a stressful situation, deep breathing is one of the most reliable and simple ways to calm yourself down. While focusing on your breath will help you clear your head, the physical act of deep breathing also helps your heart. This Monday, take a [...]
There are many reasons to learn how to manage your daily stress, mostly because stress generally disrupts our day. But the physical symptoms of stress may be causing bigger problems than just a distraction. This Monday is a perfect opportunity to start incorporating a few simple practices into your day that can stop stress before it affects your physical health.
When February rolls around, many people start to feel symptoms of the winter blues. Stories about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) pop up at the beginning of every winter season when the temperatures drop and the days shrink. But even when the days start getting longer and the end of winter is in sight, people are still dealing with some symptoms that may be disrupting their daily lives. If you’re feeling the winter blues this Monday, here is some advice to take charge of the rest of the season!
All this month, DeStress Monday has been going back to the basics, explaining the fundamentals of building a mindfulness practice. Beginning with deep breathing techniques, we discussed being present and positive, then we learned the benefits of loving kindness. You may be thinking that all of this is great information – but when and where are you supposed to do this? This Monday, we’ll give you a few simple suggestions for fitting mindfulness into your schedule.
Practicing mindfulness, as we have been learning all this month, has great benefits for reducing our daily stress. Even when done separately, deep breathing, being present, and being positive all help to calm the mind and help you refresh yourself in just a few minutes. This week, let’s take those benefits and extend them to others. Practicing loving kindness is a great way to build empathy and compassion; two things that help you look beyond yourself and put a stressful situation into perspective. This Monday, spread the good vibes and make it a great week for you and everyone around you!
Once you’ve learned how to clear your head of daily worries with the basics of mindfulness, such as deep breathing and being present, the next step is to shift your state of mind. If stress has been causing you to have negative thoughts, try switching your direction and think positive. Look on the bright side this Monday and spread sunshine everywhere you go!
This month, we’re covering the basics of mindfulness so you can build a simple mindfulness practice from the ground up. Every Monday, we’ll discuss a key element that can work on its own or build upon last week’s element. Last Monday we covered deep breathing, which can help you focus on your breath as a way to relieve stress. This week, we’ll discuss being present, which is an important part of mindfulness that can also reduce stress and ease anxiety. You can even use deep breathing as a way to begin!
As we begin a brand new year, it’s a great opportunity to start paying better attention to self-care and managing our daily stress. Maybe you already have a few favorite activities that help you calm your mind and body, but consider adding one more tool to your anti-stress kit: mindfulness. Every Monday this month, DeStress Monday will present a new element of mindfulness that can be built upon to create an easy-to-follow practice that may help you reduce symptoms of stress. This Monday, we’ll start with the one of the most basic elements of a mindful practice: deep breathing.
Before you start creating your New Year’s resolutions, spend some time this Monday reflecting on the best parts of the year before it wraps up. If you had a great year or a year with a few bumps in the road, this is a great time to single out those events – big and small – that made you happy, hopeful, and peaceful. It can be easy to forget all the positive things that happened in just one week, not to mention the whole year! This Monday, let the end of the year be a celebration of gratitude and set the tone for a less stressful year ahead!
The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness, but it isn’t always the easiest time of year. Negative emotions have a way of creeping in and spoiling our good mood – but only if we let it. If you’re feeling down or stressed this Monday, learn how to embrace your negative emotions rather than run away with them. The result may surprise you!